The Internet of Things

Jeff Bezos is ‘very excited’ about the automotive industry

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told employees he is ‘very excited’ about the automotive industry, a possible hint at the tech giant’s next big play. It’s hard to imagine that Amazon started off as a small Seattle bookstore. Now it’s considered not just an e-commerce giant, but also a leader in areas such as cloud computing, AI, and the IoT. One area where Bezos’ firm is yet to make any inroads is the automotive industry. IHS ...

Now Chinese-made drones rubbing US govt up the Huawei: ‘Strong concerns’ DJI kit threat to national security

A US government agency has claimed drones pose a threat to national security in an echo of its wider campaign against all things Chinese. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), drones from China (therefore meaning DJI, the world's biggest manufacturer of the kit) "contain components that can compromise your data and share your information on a server accessed beyond the company itself". DJI makes small and medium-sized drones aimed at consumers and home ...

Report: Driverless cars improve traffic flow by at least 35 percent

A study by University of Cambridge researchers indicates the advent of driverless cars will improve traffic flows by at least 35 percent. Using a fleet of miniature robotic cars, the researchers set up realistic traffic conditions including the stoppage of a vehicle on a two-lane road. When the cars weren't programmed to work together, vehicles approaching the stopped car from behind had to slow down or stop and wait until the other lane was clear ...

5G to debut in IoT market in late 2020, argues Berg Insight report

Plenty has been said on when 5G will truly arrive – but according to a new report from Berg Insight, we should expect to wait another 18 months before the technology arrives in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT). According to the IoT analyst firm, the first 5G cellular IoT modules will be available for developers in 2019 and will allow early adopters to build first IoT-based devices that will centre on the ...

Bosch gets bullish on blockchain as ‘key technology for the economy of things’

Manufacturing giant Bosch has found its voice getting increasingly louder when it comes to digitisation and the Internet of Things (IoT) – and now the company is advocating distributed ledger technologies as key to restoring trust online. Bosch spent two days last week hosting its ConnectedWorld event in Berlin, and in the aftermath the company touted it was at the ‘next milestone’ on the road to becoming a global IoT supplier. Indeed, achieving the next ...

Report: Edge computing likely to show strong growth for future IoT use cases

A new report from Strategy Analytics claims that edge computing is on the rise in IoT deployments and is anticipated to show strong growth in the coming years. The market research firm believes that data will be processed by edge computing in three fifths (59%) of the IoT deployments by 2025, which will mainly be driven by the efficient use of the network, security, and the response time. At present, the research suggests that 44% ...

How to secure our connected world: An open call to the industry

It’s 2019. The long-anticipated Internet of Things (IoT), despite gaining decent ground over the past few years, still doesn’t quite feel as mature as we were once promised. The technology is there, the appetite is there. What is holding it back? Three things consistently arise when truly looking at scaling the IoT: Fear over poor security (exacerbated by destructive attacks and scare-mongering of recent years) Closed ecosystems looking to become the next big thing at ...

Amazon debuts first premium Alexa skills in the UK

Amazon has announced the first batch of premium Alexa skills launching in the UK aiming to offer users a higher quality experience. Earlier this month, Amazon announced ‘in-skill’ purchases were coming to the UK. Much like in-app purchases, developers can offer feature unlocks for one-time payments or subscriptions to access premium content for a limited time. The ability enables developers to monetise their Alexa skills while subsequently incentivising them to create great experiences. We’ve been ...

OK, Google, please do a half-hearted U-turn: Stay of execution for smart home APIs after Big G goes cuckoo in the Nest

Google has backtracked somewhat on a plan to kill off the popular Works with Nest smart home program after customer fury. "We hear you," began the headline to a blog post by product director Michele Turner on Thursday morning, before noting that the ad giant "received a lot of questions" about its plan to retire the program and in response wanted to "share our updated plan and clarify our approach." Which is PR speak for: ...

‘Hank’ aspires to be the world’s most dexterous robot

A robot developed by Cambridge Consultants called Hank aims to be the world’s most dexterous robot with humanlike mobility. Hank features pneumatic fingers that are flexible and contain a ‘pioneering’ sensor to provide a sense of touch and grip. Using the sensor, Hank is able to hold and grip even the most delicate objects. The inability to emulate the human touch has been a key reason behind the lack of robot adoption in areas like ...

Verizon’s NB-IoT network covers more than nine tenths of US population

US telecom giant Verizon has announced that its Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) Network is now available across US, covering more than 92% of the country’s population. The NB-IoT Network, which is Verizon’s additional IoT connectivity option, along with the company’s ThingSpace management platform, APIs, tools and rich ecosystem of partners, aims to empower enterprise clients to develop innovative NB-IoT solutions. The network, which is especially developed for IoT applications, could benefit from access to lower cost ...

Chinese retailer JD is pumping $55m into connected vehicles

Chinese retail giant JD is pumping $55 million into connected vehicle fleets to further boost its leadership in logistics automation. JD is the world's leading company in high-tech and AI delivery through drones, autonomous technology, and robots. The firm possesses the largest drone delivery system, infrastructure, and capability in the world. According to a filing posted by Jiangsu Xinning Modern Logistics, JD has agreed to invest 376 million yuan (approx. $55 million) into the company ...

Topaz Energy and Marine team up with Baker Hughes for IoT-enabled vessel maintenance

Dubai-based marine logistics firm Topaz Energy and Marine has placed an order and signed a long-term contract with GE-owned oil company Baker Hughes to deploy the latter’s lubricant condition monitoring system, VitalyX, in order to enhance the maintenance and field time of every vessel in Topaz’s fleet. The VitalyX system, which is a mix of IoT and latest sensors with condition monitoring software, generates real-time data that will provide Topaz with crucial tech-related information on ...

Microsoft and SK Telecom join forces on AI, 5G, and cloud technologies

Microsoft and SK Telecom have signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to collaborate on AI, 5G, and cloud technologies. Under the MoU, the companies will share knowledge to further each other’s ambitions in areas which make use of such technologies like the IoT. Jason Zander, Executive Vice President of Azure at Microsoft, said: “Through the strategic partnership with SK Telecom, we will play a key role in shaping the future and accelerating the digital transformation ...

Hello Tractor: How the ‘Uber for Farming’ is revolutionising agriculture

IoT News sat down with Hello Tractor CEO Jehiel Oliver to discuss how the company is revolutionising agriculture, particularly in emerging markets. Hello Tractor is a fascinating company that has already had a tangible impact on improving lives. The firm connects tractor owners with farmers who typically undertake slow, manual work in hot and laborious conditions with less yield than counterparts in more developed markets with access to proper machinery. “We use IoT to connect ...
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